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5/27/2017

Little House

This small home at 224 N 28th fits several important niches in the current marketplace. Its small size makes it affordable and easy to maintain - suitable as a starter home, for the single professional or for an empty nester. It addresses the small lot challenge of older neighborhoods and its design could work as an Accessory Dwelling Unit or ADU. It offers over 800 square feet of living space and features a finished basement with bath and laundry facilities on both levels.

The small home at 224 N 28th St. is available to purchase and is listed for $119,900 through Woods Bros. Buyers can get up to $25,000 in assistance for the purchase of this property but they must also live in the property, meet income eligibility requirements and complete uyer training through Neighborworks Lincoln.homeb24 N. 28th was built by Affordable Housing Initiatives, a non- profit based in Lincoln, and designed in cooperation with the City of Lincoln’s Planning Department and Department of Urban Development and Ken Inness as the general contractor.

Unlike the tiny houses featured on television, small homes are usually 500 – 1000 square feet and are built on a permanent foundation, conforming to current standards of safety, efficiency and zoning while meeting the financing requirements of mortgage lenders. Small homes will also work where more conventional home designs do not. Non-Standard lots are often times referred to as Non-Buildable lots because current zoning and setback requirements mean that the existing structures on them cannot be built to the same footprint. There are many lots like this in Lincoln and when it comes to repurposing them, small homes are a viable option.

The City of Lincoln is currently considering a zoning ordinance amendment that would allow small houses to be built as ADU’s associated with existing residential properties throughout the city. These could provide a provide living space for a relative, rental income for a homeowner or an accessible structure allowing a property owner to “age in place”. In other cities small homes may be part of new development areas where a cluster affordable, accessible and efficient houses may be grouped together with common areas for community activities.

 

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